In utterly charming news, the cast of The Crownis having a grand old time reliving their Lizzo dance party. During a recent interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers, star Gillian Anderson, who played Margaret Thatcher in the Netflix drama’s fourth season, unveiled an embarrassing video of The Crown cast dancing to Lizzo’s “Good as Hell” in full costume. Them royals got moves!
As Anderson tells it, The Crown cast’s “Good as Hell” video was “never meant to see the light of day,” but host Seth Meyers clearly felt differently — and he wasted no time before showing it to his millions of viewers on Monday night. “This was a funeral scene, and when the cameras were not rolling, the cell phones were,” said the host. “You were doing a choreographed dance to Lizzo. How did this come about?”
The Crown‘s latest PM explained that co-star Olivia Colman “does a dance class” with friends, and during their most recent class, they danced to the Lizzo track. “And she asked if we would happen to be interested in maybe doing it, and she would video it,” she continued. “And then she would just share it only with her friends.”
Of course, that didn’t happen, because apparently, Queen Elizabeth II (as in, the actress who plays her) cannot trust her friends. Within seconds, the entire world was treated to the cast’s choreographed dance to “Good as Hell,” a performance complete with military regalia, all-black funeral ensembles, and one very exuberant “Wooo!”
“It’s really good. You guys are really good,” said Meyers after the video played. “It’s so embarrassing,” replied a rueful Anderson. “The look on my face — I don’t even know. There’s such delight and shame, all at once.”
Check out Gillian Anderson’s interview with Seth Meyers above. The Crown cast’s Lizzo fest begins around the 2:30 mark.
Few on this planet know what it’s like to be the best in the world. Fewer still reach that point before they’re old enough to vote.
Then again, there’s only one Claressa Shields, who won her first of two middleweight boxing Olympic gold medals at the 2012 Games in London at just 17 years old. Since winning her second four years later in Rio de Janeiro, she conquered the professional boxing world and already has some proclaiming her the greatest woman to ever step into the ring.
So, what does a young athlete who still hasn’t peaked do now? In Shields’ case, she finds another sport to take over: mixed martial arts.
Instead of making the leap directly to the UFC, Shields turned heads with the decision to sign a three-year contract in December with Professional Fighters League to compete as a lightweight. The PFL format consists of a unique regular season and playoff for each of its weight classes, as fighters earn standings points to qualify for a postseason that culminates in a year-end championship night. Each season champion earns $1 million.
The 2020 campaign was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving former two-time Olympic judo champion Kayla Harrison as the reigning PFL champ, from 2019, in Shields’ weight class.
“I tell people all the time, I don’t have to do MMA, and I’ll still go down in the history books when I’m done in boxing,” Shields told The Post via Zoom last Thursday. “… I’m doing it because I want to show the world that, hey I can do it too, and I can be a two-sport athlete. And I can dominate in boxing and I can dominate in MMA at the same time.”
The thought of making the move to MMA didn’t occur to Shields until taking in live UFC champion Amanda Nunes’ first-round TKO of Holly Holm on July 6, 2019. The experience change her perception of the sport.
“I always felt it was more of a brutal fight, wasn’t very skilled,” Shields said of MMA. “But then I got to watch [cageside] and was like, ‘Wow, this is a lot of skill and a lot of work.’ ”
After going on to spar with former UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, inevitable questions arose about a potential move from between the ropes to inside the cage. It motivated Shields to silence those who believed she couldn’t do it, especially when it came to the suggestion of taking on Nunes — something the MMA great expressed her own doubts about.
“I just hate when people try to say that I can’t do something” Shields said. “… When [Nunes] said, ‘Tell Claressa Shields to come to my world’ and she’ll do this and do that, ah man, honestly, I was furious.”
Shields already had her MMA training spot lined up, thanks to a conversation with former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. She joined Jones and Holm at Jackson Wink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, N.M. at the beginning of December.
The world’s top pound-for-pound women’s boxer had dipped her toes in elements of MMA before that. She recalled her first attempt of a kick, in December 2019, without first being shown the proper way to execute one by the man who held pads for her.
“He just told me to kick to his pad,” Shields said. “I just did what I thought was right. And I look back at that video now, and I’m like, yeah, [that was] trash.”
Shields has been training three to four times a day at Jackson Wink, to improve upon the other aspects of MMA in which she has little experience: jiu-jitsu, wrestling and kickboxing. She says she has enjoyed learning these disciplines and applying them to her world-class boxing background.
Shields has trained four times with Jones, like Shields he is a prodigy of his sport who became the youngest UFC champion nearly 10 years ago at age 23. She has also been working out with Holm. A former boxing world champion herself, Holm rocked the combat sports world with her head kick knockout of then-unbeaten crossover star Ronda Rousey in 2015 to claim the bantamweight crown, two years after making the full-time switch to MMA.
Having Holm, who has walked the path Shields has just recently started, in her corner to break down the difference between elements, such as a boxing stance versus an MMA stance, has been valuable.
“Me and her have plenty of conversations about it. Plenty,” Shields said. “I just feel like people say there are no boxers who have ever been able to [win world titles in boxing and MMA], and they forget about Holly Holm.”
Shields (10-0, 2 KOs) hasn’t left boxing behind. She put her MMA training on the back burner at the end of last week to focus solely on her headlining bout in the ring against fellow unbeaten Marie-Eve Dicaire (17-0, 0 KOs), scheduled for March 5 at the Dort Federal Event Center in her native Flint, Mich, to unify the super welterweight titles. This will be an all-women event, the first to air on pay-per-view with female headliners since Laila Ali faced Jacqui Frazier-Lyde on June 8, 2001 – the battle of all-time boxing greats and rivals Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier’s daughters.
Shields plans to continue competing in both boxing and MMA, although she concedes that her first season for PFL — the goal is to be ready for spring 2022, depending on how ready her team feels she is — may limit her to one fight in the ring before the season, allowing her to put all her energy into MMA.
“That’s my goal for the whole year; 2021 is to just keep building my skill set, get very good and get very comfortable in knowing everything,” Shields said. “And when they put me and Kayla Harrison in the same sentence when they mention MMA, I want it to be a competitive conversation and also a competitive fight.”
GameStop stock exploded once again Wednesday as Elon Musk added more fuel to an unprecedented rally that’s forced a beaten-up hedge fund to completely abandon its bet against the retailer.
Shares in the video-game chain more than doubled at one point in premarket trading after the billionaire Tesla boss tweeted a link to the Reddit message board that’s been pumping the stock.
“Gamestonk!!” Musk wrote on Twitter shortly after Tuesday’s closing bell, which saw GameStop end the day up nearly 93 percent at $147.98 — more than seven times its value less than a month ago.
The shares briefly climbed above $300 early Wednesday before sharply paring the gains to trade up about 66 percent at $244.51 as of 7:26 a.m.
GameStop has become a cause célèbre on Reddit’s r/wallstreetbets forum, where retail traders have reportedly railed against investors who bet against the company by taking short positions in the stock.
Their brute-force efforts appear to be working — hedge fund Melvin Capital closed out of its GameStop short as it “repositioned our portfolio over the past few days,” a spokesperson told The Post on Wednesday.
But Melvin said it would not be filing for bankruptcy despite reported speculation about its demise online.
“The social media posts about Melvin Capital going bankrupt are categorically false,” the Melvin spokesperson said. “Melvin Capital is focused on generating high-quality, risk-adjusted returns for our investors, and we are appreciative of their support.”
GameStop’s Reddit fans have helped push its share price up more than 278 percent over the past week, with many of them buying volatile call options — financial contracts that only pay off if the stock price surges, according to reports.
That’s put pressure on short-sellers such as Citron Capital’s Andrew Left, who has called GameStop a “failing mall-based retailer.” He has said he was being threatened and harassed for betting against the stock.
The use of Reddit to pump up GameStop has reportedly drawn scrutiny from established investors as well as William Galvin, the top securities regulator in Massachusetts.
“I’m concerned, because it suggests that there is something systemically wrong with the options trading on this stock,” Galvin, the Bay State’s secretary of the commonwealth, told Barron’s on Tuesday.
“There should be legal and regulatory repercussions,” Michael Burry, the investor made famous by the book and film “The Big Short,” wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “This is unnatural, insane, and dangerous.”
Tony DeAngelo ran the first power-play unit a year ago when the Rangers placed seventh in the NHL with the man-advantage at a 22.9 percent clip. And No. 77 was on the right point through this year’s opening night 4-0 defeat to the Islanders in which the Blueshirts went 0-for-2 on the power play.
But DeAngelo, who then rather famously sat out the next two matches, has lost that assignment to Adam Fox with the two young, right-handed defensemen switching places on PP1 and PP2.
And to hear it from David Quinn, it does not seem as if that alignment will change any time soon, even though the Rangers had gone 4-for-24 over the five games in which Fox had the lead role, including an 0-for-3 in Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat in Buffalo.
“When you have Fox and DeAngelo, you have two pretty premier power-play guys, and as you’ve watched, Fox is off to a fabulous start,” the coach said before the match. “I just love everything he’s been doing on that power play so far.”
Fox’s even-strength play has been outstanding at both ends of the ice, while DeAngelo has yet to ignite his game while primarily paired with Jack Johnson. Interesting, though, while Fox has been on for all four of the Blueshirts’ PPGs (on 26 opportunities in a total 41:37), he has been on for 24:33 while No. 77 has gotten a sum of 9:48 with the man-advantage.
“It doesn’t mean he’s there forever,” Quinn said of Fox. “But his overall play has been so high, I just don’t want to make that move yet and change it.”
Brendan Lemieux rejoined the lineup after sitting out as a healthy scratch for Sunday’s 3-2 defeat in Pittsburgh. But while he filled the lineup spot vacated by the injured Filip Chytil, winger Julien Gauthier watched in street clothes for the third straight match as the coach’s decision.
“We certainly talked to both these guys and there’s clarity on what they need to do,” Quinn said. “And we’ll see Julien again real soon.”
Brendan Smith went through the revolving door back out of the lineup in order to accommodate Johnson’s return.
Quinn called the Rangers performance in going 17-for-56 (30.3 percent) in faceoffs, “abysmal.” Brian Boyle, who could lend aid at the dots, on the PK (a poor 6-for-20 following this 2-for-4), and in the room as a grown man, is available as an unsigned free agent. But the question would concern the 36-year-old’s ability to get into game shape as quickly as the Rangers would need him to be. Another couple of weeks may be too late.
Alexis Lafreniere endured his sixth straight game without a point, equaling Jack Hughes’ getaway drought from a year ago. Steven Stamkos, in 2008-09, was the last first-overall draft selection to go longer before recording his first point. The Tampa Bay center was kept off the sheet for his first seven contests.
Lafreniere played primarily with Brett Howden and Kaapo Kakko on the third line that was remodeled in the aftermath of Filip Chytil’s injury. The winger got just two shifts over the last 9:27, but he was on the ice for the match’s final 2:34 when the Rangers pulled their goaltender and had a six-on-four power play for the last 1:37.
Lafreniere finished with 14:58 of ice time. Lafreniere had three shots on four attempts.
The Blueshirts, 1-4-1, have opened with as few as one win in their first six games for only the third time over the last 22 seasons. The 2017-18 club opened 1-5 then 1-5-2 while the 1998-99 squad opened 1-4-1.
Alexandar Georgiev surrendered three goals on 24 shots for an .875 save percent. His second game shutout of the Islanders represents the only game in which the starting Rangers goaltender posted higher than an .879 save percentage. The club entered the match 23rd in even-strength save percentage at .909.
Phil Di Giuseppe, who opened on the right with Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome, fell out of the rotation as the Rangers cut down the bench in the third and played just two shifts worth 1:41 in the third, his final ending with 13:16 to play.
The Rangers are in Buffalo again on Thursday before returning to the Garden on Saturday for the first of two against the Penguins, followed by one against the Capitals.
Two people were killed in an hours-long hostage standoff at a medical center in Texas on Tuesday night, cops said.
Police responded to the Children’s Medical Group in downtown Austin after receiving a call around 4:30 p.m. about a person with a gun entering the facility and taking people hostage, according to local reports.
The parent of a patient at the center confirmed to Fox News that their doctor was being held inside and that the suspect was also a doctor.
A SWAT team arrived at the facility while the Austin Police Department negotiated with the suspect during a standoff.
The hostage negotiator repeatedly begged the suspect to cooperate.
“I cannot guarantee your safety unless you comply. I am letting you know, doctor, there is a way to resolve this. I need your help to fix the situation. That starts with you answering the phone,” the negotiator said, according to KVUE.
Residents watch as Austin police officers work the scene of a hostage situation at a doctor’s office on Jan. 26, 2021, in Austin, Texas.
A man and a woman embrace as Austin police officers and members of SWAT work the scene of a suspected hostage situation at a doctor’s office in Austin, Texas, on Jan. 26, 2021.
HOUSTON — On a minutes restriction because of a sore knee, Houston’s John Wall had to wait until the seven-minute mark of the fourth quarter to re-enter Tuesday night’s game against his former team.
When he finally checked in, it didn’t take long for him to put a punctuation mark on a solid performance by the Rockets.
Wall scored 24 points to help Houston to a 107-88 victory over Russell Westbrook and the Washington Wizards.
Wall had 15 points and four assists by halftime, including a left-handed layup that came after a nifty behind the back move and put Houston up 53-45 in the second quarter. He cooled off in the third, but got going again in the fourth to secure the win in his second game back after missing five with a sore left knee.
Houston was leading by six when Wall re-entered the game. He scored five quick points before finding Victor Oladipo in the corner near the Washington bench for a 3-pointer to make it 93-79.
“I was itching to get back in in the fourth quarter,” he said. “I wanted to play, especially against my old team. And we kind of separated ourselves right there.”
Wall was selected by Washington with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft and spent his entire career with the Wizards before he was traded to Houston in December for Westbrook and a future first-round pick.
He insisted he didn’t think he had anything to prove against the Wizards. But he did admit that he’s having a great time with his new team after a rocky ending to his tenure in Washington.
“I haven’t played in two years so this is fun,” he said. “To be somewhere where you’re wanted, that’s the most important thing. I never want to be anywhere where I’m not wanted and I feel like this organization wanted me here and they’ve shown nothing but love and trust for me since Day One.”
Washington coach Scott Brooks was impressed by Wall’s performance after watching him work his way back from injury over the past two seasons.
“I’m happy for him,” Brooks said. “I’m not happy that he won tonight, but I’m happy that he’s back. He fought hard … to come back and I hope he has a healthy year.”
Wall said Tuesday’s game wasn’t too emotional but that he expects to feel more when he returns to Washington later this season. He added that he’s tired of talking about his former team and doesn’t want to discuss the Wizards again until that game on Feb. 15.
The Wizards called a timeout after Houston’s 8-0 run, and Wall yelled and jumped as he looked at the opposing bench before bounding back to the Houston side.
Wall and Westbrook were both given technical fouls soon after that when they jawed at each other as Westbrook prepared to shoot free throws after being fouled by DeMarcus Cousins.
Bradley Beal made a 3-pointer with about 3½ minutes left to trim Houston’s lead to 10, but Wall hit a 3 seconds later and Cousins, who had 19 points and 11 rebounds, added two free throws to make it 99-84.
“We made some critical mistakes and didn’t make some shots (to) close out the game,” Brooks said.
Oladipo and Eric Gordon added 20 points apiece to help the Rockets to their third straight win.
Beal scored 33 points to give him at least 25 in each of his 12 games this season, extending a franchise record. Westbrook, who spent one season in Houston, had 19 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
Many in the sports world — media and fans alike — are looking forward to the Super Bowl 2021 matchup between the Buccaneers and the Chiefs which takes place on Feb, 7 in Tampa Bay.
But one big-name sports radio host is not chomping at the bit to watch Tom Brady go for his seventh Super Bowl win in 10 tries or seeing if Patrick Mahomes and his Chiefs can become repeat champions.
“I did not want a Tampa Bay-Kansas City Super Bowl,” Chris “Mad Dog” Russo said on his Sirius XM radio program in a clip taken by @backaftathis. “I know the torch is being passed and Tampa is at home. And Brady-Mahomes and what can be better than that? I’ve already seen that, they played their on Nov. 29 (a 27-24 Chiefs win).”
Russo also said he also has a case of Brady fatigue.
I don’t love the game, I’ll warm up to it. A, I’m sick of Brady,” he said. “How could you not be? It’s his 10th time in the game, enough. It’s not a knock on Brady because I know how great he is.
“It’s amazing he’s playing this well at 43 years of age. I know all the great things about him as a performer, as a player, as a competitor. If you like sports, this guy you can’t possibly dislike, or not respect. He’s wonderful, he’s great. But I’m a little burned out by him.”
The Chiefs may have a chance to start a dynasty of their own with a win, but that prospect didn’t get Russo excited either.
“And I’m getting tired of the Chiefs. They’re too good,” he said. “They’re offense is too good and their quarterback is too good. I actually would have liked to have seen Green Bay and Buffalo in the game. Something different (Josh) Allen against (Aaron) Rodgers. I actually was hoping we’d see that. I actually bet it that way and lost.
“Been there done that with Bucs-Chiefs. … Been there done that.”
The Knicks have already survived one slippery slope. They lost five in a row not long ago, their record turning upside-down, 5-3 to 5-8, and were looking a little frazzled and a lot overmatched almost every time they took the floor. And we’ve seen where that’s led them the past few years.
Then the Knicks went into Boston and stunned the Celtics.
Came home and held off the Magic on MLK Day.
Flew west to begin a four-game western swing and in the lid-lifter stomped the Warriors. And suddenly 5-8 was back to 8-8, the Knicks looked as they’d looked across the season’s first eight games, looked hungry and angry and eager to surprise just about everyone around the NBA, starting with the jaded skeptics who call New York home.
That was only six days ago.
Now, the Knicks come home again after getting drubbed by the Jazz, 108-94 (in a game they led by 15 late in the second quarter), after dropping three straight to the Kings (a game that felt gettable most of the way), Blazers (a game in which they no-showed the first half and still found themselves alive down the stretch) and Jazz (that early lead built mostly by an otherworldly 10-for-10, 25-point first-half explosion by Austin Rivers).
They come home three games under .500 again, with the eyes of a been-there, done-that fan base heartily hoping they aren’t about to see more of the same. In reality it is the inevitable rhythm of a season in which so little was expected, so little anticipated. The grind catches up to everyone, especially teams that play with a talent gap every night.
So now, second time in the space of a week and a half, we will learn a little something about the Knicks, who will get the Cavaliers and the Clippers at home, who will travel to Chicago for a two-game road swing with the Bulls, then come back to the Garden for a tricky back-to-back with the Blazers and the Heat between now and Super Bowl Sunday.
We learn something new about the Knicks, it seems, with every game, with every homestand, with every road trip, with every winning streak, with every losing skid. It is the learning curve of youth. And it will be on full display now. Such is Tom Thibodeau’s mission. Such is the team’s challenge.
“The games keep coming and the challenges keep coming,” Thibodeau said late Tuesday night, looking none too pleased about the way the Knicks fell off the grid these last three games out West.
“You have to be ready. Regardless of what your schedule is you have to find a way to win. Want to try to keep building the right habits. In the NBA, everyone has difficult stretches and it’s how you handle it. We’ve bounced back before. We have to bounce back again.”
The Jazz won for the ninth time in a row, having gotten red-hot after blowing a big lead to the Knicks at the Garden on Jan. 6. In many ways, they represent something of a blueprint for the Knicks, a team that has steadily grown into a Western Conference power by utilizing a basketball plan as old as the pick-and-roll: smart drafting, smart dealing, smart signings, smart coaching.
“They are well put-together,” Thibodeau said, the admiration in his voice clear.
Because the Knicks are a big-market team with the power of Madison Square Garden behind them, there will always be the looming hope that one impact acquisition can finally catapult them where they want to go. This despite years of evidence to the contrary.
So it’s probably not a bad idea for Leon Rose and the rest of the team’s brass to adopt a Plan B. And the Jazz’s plan is so successful that the Knicks have helped themselves to a couple of Utah’s architects in Walt Perrin, now Rose’s assistant, and Johnnie Bryant, now one of the Thibodeau’s lieutenants.
Utah coach Quin Snyder is of a similar single-minded makeup as Thibodeau, he mostly won big during his first stint as a head coach in college at Missouri and has steadily built a quiet power in Salt Lake City, going 206-98 since the start of the 2016-17 season.
“These guys take the business of winning very seriously,” Snyder said last week.
You could see Thibodeau coming up with something very similar when the time is right and the team is right. For now, they try to stay above water. For now, the steps are much more modest. The Jazz are at a point where they have a season to savor. The Knicks have a season to save.
Just as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America — and perhaps the Baseball Hall of Fame — is nearly done with Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling, there’s an even more complicated figure about to arrive: Alex Rodriguez.
Rodriguez is set to be on the ballot for the first time later this year, along with another slugger with a questionable past — David Ortiz, who has denied ever using steroids.
Rodriguez said two years ago he was rooting for Bonds and Clemens to get to Cooperstown.
“Of course I want them to get in, because that would mean that I have an opportunity to get in one day,” Rodriguez said on ESPN.
Bonds and Clemens are two of the most notorious steroid cheats in baseball history, but they have nothing on Rodriguez, who admitted to using PEDs while with the Rangers from 2001-03 and was suspended for the 2014 season due to his role in the Biogenesis scandal, which included not just steroids, but also lawsuits against baseball and the Yankees — which were eventually dropped.
Even before his 2016 retirement, Rodriguez began working on rehabbing his image and he’s been successful enough that he’s still as much a face of baseball as anyone.
And his reputation has improved enough that he’s seen everywhere from ESPN, to Fox Business to Joe Biden’s inauguration, where he accompanied fiancée Jennifer Lopez.
How that translates into votes for the Hall is up for debate.
And he’s clearly hoping his public disgrace doesn’t disqualify him from entry.
“Look, I pray every day I get a chance to get in,’’ Rodriguez said in 2019. “The Hall of Fame is the ultimate place. If you think about Roger and Barry specifically … if you stopped their career at the age of 33 or 34, they were both first-ballot [Hall of Famers] and then the noise [about PEDs] started. For me, it’s just a shame. I am certainly cheering for both of them. I like them both very much. They’re both friends, and I’m in their corner.”
Rodriguez’s on-field credentials are impeccable, with 696 home runs, 3,115 hits, three AL MVP awards and 14 All-Star appearances.
But while his career that spanned 22 seasons rivals the best in history, his transgressions probably surpass any other player.
“I made my case when I made my mistakes,” Rodriguez said on ESPN. “I’m going to have to lie in my bed. I’m still hoping that I can one day get in.”